Last reviewed on 2 November 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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If your school's reviewing or updating its curriculum, find out what needs to be covered to stay compliant with requirements and meet DfE expectations.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements

All EYFS provision must follow the guidance in the EYFS statutory framework.

You need to make sure all pupils study the 7 areas of learning:

3 prime areas:

  • Communication and language development
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development 

4 specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design

The EYFS framework also sets out 'early learning goals' your school needs to help pupils work towards – these are the knowledge, skills and understanding that children should have by the end of reception.

Key Stage (KS) 1 and 2 requirements

All maintained schools must follow the National Curriculum.

Pupils in KS1 and KS2 are expected to learn the core and foundation subjects below (click the links to see the programmes of study).

Core subjects

Art and design Computing (there's also DfE guidance on teaching online safety within this and other subjects) Design and technology Geography History Music Physical education (PE) (including swimming lessons in